American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. In the dark.
- adj. Occurring or enacted in the dark.
- adj. Dark; dim.
- n. The dark: "She carried some rugs for me through the shrubbery in the darkling” ( H.G. Wells).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In the dark.
- Hence Blindly; uncertainly.
- Dark; obscure; gloomy.
- Rendering dark; obscuring.
- Sitting in the dark.
- n. darkness
- n. fantasy a creature that lives in the dark
- adj. dark; darkening
- adj. obscure, done or happening 'in the dark' or unseen
- adv. in the dark, obscurely
- v. present participle of darkle.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. uncannily or threateningly dark or obscure
- adj. (poetic) occurring in the dark or night
- From Middle English derkelyng, from derk ("dark") + -lyng ("-ling"). (Wiktionary)
“Then clipt and clung about his breast enveiled in darkling room.”
“And died in darkling air no more to be for ever shown.’”
“Plus, if I just threw in some multisyllabic words, extended my sentences until each was a paragraph long, and used "darkling" a few times, I'd be the Faulkner of Phoenix.”
“Many of her class set out by being impostors, and end by becoming enthusiasts, or hold a kind of darkling conduct between both lines, unconscious almost when they are cheating themselves, or when imposing on others.”
“Many of her class set out by being impostors and end by becoming enthusiasts, or hold a kind of darkling conduct between both lines, unconscious almost when they are cheating themselves or when imposing on others.”
“Mine was the woman, darkling I found her,'" he hummed, significantly.”
“To him I reported every detail that occurred when he was not with me; and he, with furrowed brows, sitting darkling by the hour, like a patient spider unravelled the tangle and spun the web afresh.”
“They vanished in the darkling air, but a moment later, two of the distant figures fell, pinned to the ground.”
“Standing recently upon the heathery crest of Hartcliff Hill we looked due west, where the Woodhead Road climbs Bord Hill, where the darkling moortops were suddenly illuminated.”
“He advocates despair in the face of life on a darkling plain on which ignorant armies clash by night, a wasteland.”
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